BartCop Entertainment Archives - Tuesday, 14 May, 2019


14 May, 2019

(Updated Daily)

[291 days in a row]


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Joe Bob Briggs: When You Can't Hold Your Horses (Taki's Magazine)
Thoroughbred racehorses are gonna do whatever they wanna do. Calming them down, "steadying" them, making them comfortable, curing their daily physical ailments-all of these are art forms that require 24-hour attention right up until the moment the jockey climbs aboard and becomes responsible for making the animal run around the track in a competitive but orderly manner. It's like training a rabbit to hop on cue-theoretically possible but so unlikely that doing it can make you famous.

Paul Waldman: Trump is already colluding with a foreign government to get reelected (Washington Post)
There are some news stories so jaw-dropping that you have to read them two or three times to make sure you're not hallucinating. So it is with a story in the New York Times in which Rudolph W. Giuliani announces to the world that he is going to Ukraine to pressure that country's government to use its official resources to assist in President Trump's reelection effort - by mounting an investigation he hopes will produce dirt on Joe Biden.

Alexandra Petri: I'm a state legislator and I'm here to substitute teach your biology class (Washington Post)
The clitoris is like the Northwest Passage: Many men perished searching for it in vain; it does not exist, and never has. Do not go looking for it; you will surely die, and first you will have to see your dogs die.

Jonathan Chait: What Joe Biden Is Teaching Democrats About Democrats (NY Mag)
The poor guy has disregarded all the advice and decided to run anyway. And initial polling has revealed that a large number of Democrats have not left Biden behind at all. He begins the race leading his closest competitors, including early front-runner Bernie Sanders, by as much as 30 points. Perhaps it was the party's intelligentsia, not Biden, that was out of touch with the modern Democratic electorate.

Andrew Tobias: Lindsay Graham On Impeachment
Lindsay Graham on impeachment . I've got to admit he makes a strong case. Under a minute. Watch.

Zach Vasquez: "Alternate Endgame: what got cut from the Avengers finale?" (The Guardian)
The record-breaking Marvel blockbuster may have sprawled over 182 minutes but still, there were key moments that didn't make the cut.

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Trivia Question of the Day

What 20th century American politician was nicknamed "The Happy Warrior"?


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Trivia Question from Yesterday

What is the name of Moxie Cowznofski's boyfriend?

       Alfred E. Neuman                                                      Source

Alfred E. Neuman is the fictitious mascot and cover boy of the American humor magazine Mad. The character's face had drifted through U.S. iconography for decades (it appeared in the early 1930s on a presidential campaign postcard with the caption, "Sure I'm for Roosevelt") before being claimed by Mad editor Harvey Kurtzman in 1954 and later named by the magazine's second editor Al Feldstein in 1956. Since his debut in Mad, Neuman's likeness has appeared on the cover of all but a handful of the magazine's 550+ issues, and is only rarely seen in profile; he has almost always been portrayed in front view, silhouette, or directly from behind. He is distinguished by his short, tousled red hair, an invariable grin with a missing front tooth, freckles across the bridge of his nose, jug ears, and his left eye, eyebrow, and ear set lower than their right-hand counterparts.

A female version of Neuman, named "Moxie Cowznofski", appeared briefly during the late 1950s, occasionally described in editorial text as Neuman's "girlfriend". Neuman and Moxie were sometimes depicted side-by-side, defeating any speculation that Moxie was possibly Neuman in female guise. Her name was inspired by Moxie, a soft drink manufactured in Portland, Maine, which was sold nationwide in the 1950s and whose logo appeared as a running visual gag in many early issues of Mad.        Source

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Mark. was first, and correct, with:
   Alfred E. Neuman of Mad Magazine fame was Moxie Cowznofski's boyfriend.

Randall wrote:
   Alfred E. Neuman

Kevin K., back in Washington, DC (home to an even stupider President in 2019 gearing up for an even stupider war), said:
   Fool me once, shame on me. Fool me twice...we won't get fooled again.
  The answer is Alfred E. Neuman.
  (Depicted: George W. Bush as Alfred E. Neuman)

Alan J answered:
   Alfred E. Neuman.

Dave responded:
   Alfred E. Newman. A bit before my time, but the mascot of MAD magazine was given a girlfriend in the 1950s that only lasted for a couple of covers, possibly because Moxie disturbingly looked like she could be Alfred's twin sister. Mad Mag was in the news a few days ago when the Toddler in Chief tried to insult Mayor Pete Buttigieg by comparing him to Alfred E. Newman, which confused Buttigieg because at age 37 he missed the '50s, '60s, '70s and had never heard of either Newman or Mad Magazine. Also, I'd be willing to bet $1,000 that the Short Fingered Vulgarian never read a copy of that magazine in his life. Trump doesn't read. He either lacks the power of concentration to read even one page of a report, or his increasingly severe dementia has taken that ability away from him. Sad!

Cal in Vermont replied:
   Moxie Cowznofski is the girlfriend of Mad Magazine's Alfred E. Neuman. Moxie, in addition to being the girlfriend, shares her first name with a quirky soft-drink, probably popular with Saab owners , exclusively from Maine back then. If you went to Maine and brought back a couple of flats of the stuff you were almost as popular as the guy that went to Colorado and came back with some Coors beer. She can be seen on the cover of Mad Magazine from time to time. Check out the cover of the December 1959 issue and understand there is some hope for the rest of us.

zorch said:
   Alfred E. Newman.

Billy in Cypress U$A wrote:
   What me worry? Was it Alfred E. Neuman?

Adam answered:
   Alfred E. Neuman

Roy, the Libtard in Gohmertstan, TX replied:
   Being a very old and long-time reader of MAD Magazine, I feel confident that Moxie is/was the girlfriend of that "What Me Worry" guy, Alfred E. Newman. I think they may have split, though, 'cause I haven't seen her in quite a few years.

Deborah responded:
   Was it Alfred E. Neuman? Just a WAG; I really don't know.
  It's been relentlessly pretty weather for weeks. I'd like to pause here and skip the hot, which is inevitable. This is Baby Bear weather: Just right.

Micki wrote:
   Alfred E Neuman of MAD Magazine. Trump thought "Alfred E. Neuman" was the perfect nickname for Pete Buttigieg, but Pete turned it on Trump, and made him look old.

Jim from CA, retired to ID said:
   Alfred E. Newman of MAD Magazine

David of Moon Valley answered:
   had to go to the googlepedia for this one as it is Monday morning…Alfred E. Neuman? Huh, i read MAD every chance I got as a ute, but i sure don't remember that was his female counterpart's name…covfefe time, bartender, and make it a double if you please...

Mac Mac responded:
   Alfred E. Neuman

Michelle in AZ replied:
   Alfred E. Newman

DJ Useo wrote:
   Alfred E. Neuman. MAD Magazine relaunched this last year, & is much the better for it. Now, it's all comic books, with no "articles".
  It comes across more like "ZAP" comics now. No sign of Alfred's girlfriend, though.

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Saudi oil tankers show 'significant damage' after sabotage attack, says Riyadh | World news | The Guardian

Extreme abortion laws shine light on Trump's courting of religious right | US news | The Guardian

Doris Day: a life in pictures | Film | The Guardian

California may go dark this summer, and most aren't ready - SFGate

The FBI has 850 open domestic terrorism cases, but it's still not a federal crime

Coup d'état - The Revolution Has Been Televised for Years

Siberians roast under temperatures as high as 87.8 F as second heat wave melts the Arctic.

Cheers and Jeers: Monday

Trump Seeks New $15 Billion Subsidy To Protect Farmers From His Own Trade War | HuffPost

Behind The Scenes, Trump Diligently Tries To Slash Social Programs | HuffPost

Rat poison is killing California's mountain lions. We need to act - Los Angeles Times

How we endured the McCarthy purges in US - BBC News

Abortion extremists make fools of Kavanaugh defenders - The Washington Post

How some Polish far-right nationalists went from setting their hopes on Trump to rallying against him - The Washington Post

Poll says that 56% of Americans don't want kids taught Arabic numerals. We have some bad news

That "GoFundMe Wall" guy who raised millions from Trump supporters? See his new yacht.

The Tangelo-Tinted Taint Tumor's Tedious Tariff Tantrum

A sex strike is not enough: women need to down tools completely | Suzanne Moore | Opinion | The Guardian

Mismanaged waste 'kills up to a million people a year globally' | Environment | The Guardian

California is bringing law and order to big data. It could change the internet in the U.S.

Ava DuVernay's new Netflix series sheds light on the horrors of wrongful incarceration

Mormon church opposes federal LGBTQ nondiscrimination measure

How 1800s racism birthed Chinatown, Japantown and other ethnic enclaves

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• Can a pothole be a hero? Don't be silly. Can a pothole save a life? Actually, yes. In November 2011 while attending school in Cincinnati, Ohio, eight-year-old Laci Davis accidentally swallowed a heart-shaped gold locket that lodged in her throat, making breathing difficult. She said, "I was trying to put my hair up and I had my locket in my mouth, and he [a friend] was making me laugh so I was laughing at the same time, and it just went down my throat." She found breathing difficult. She said, "It felt like something was stabbing me right in the middle of my chest." Doctors X-rayed her throat and told her mother to take her to Cincinnati Children's Hospital. Her mother rushed her to the hospital, and on the way the car hit a pothole. The jolt dislodged the locket, which fell into Laci's stomach. Laci's mother, Amanda Cullum, said about the drive to the hospital, "We hit a pothole, and she looked at me and said, 'Mom, I feel better.' I said, 'What do you mean you feel better?' She said, 'I don't feel it anymore."' Laci said about the pothole, "It was my hero and I when I got home I was like, 'Thank you, bump.'" She added, "It's going to have to come out the old-fashioned way. I'm just going to get a new necklace because I'm not going through that 'treasure.'"

• Richard Burton bought his wife, Elizabeth Taylor, the famous La Peregrina pearl. She had a pajama party with some friends, including fashion designer Vicky Tiel, and served fried chicken and champagne. At the party, she showed off the pearl. At one point in the evening, however, she looked at the black velvet box the pearl had come in and screamed, "Oh, my god!" The pearl was missing. At first, they thought that the room-service waitress must have stolen the pearl but they realized that she had not been near it. That meant that one of the people present must have taken the pearl - or perhaps it was lost. They searched for it a long time, but fell asleep. The next morning Elizabeth's guests woke up first and worried about telling Mr. Burton that the pearl was missing. Mr. Burton walked into the room and woke up Elizabeth and handed the pearl to her, saying, "Here, I found your dog in his bed chewing on this."

• Despite his obvious high intelligence, Isaac Asimov could be absent-minded. When he was married to his first wife, he once took a bill to the gas company and complained about how much it was. He said, "We have never used enough gas to bring us up to the minimum. We have no children. We both work. We cook perhaps four meals a week. How can we possibly get a gas bill for $6.50? I demand an explanation." The gas-company employee had a good explanation: "This is an electric bill." By the way, television reporter Walter Cronkite once interviewed Mr. Asimov, who wanted to tell him, "My father will be very thrilled, Mr. Cronkite, when he finds out you've interviewed me." However, he was afraid of sounding immature and so refrained from saying it. During a break in the filming, Mr. Cronkite said to Mr. Asimov, "Dr. Asimov, my father will be very thrilled when he finds out I've interviewed you."

• Mishaps occur in nursing. When Joanne Murnane was a new nurse working in a hospital, one of her patients died. She prepared the dead patient, and seeing dentures on the dead patient's table, she stuffed the dentures in the dead patient's mouth and then took him to the hospital morgue. When she returned to the room to care for the other, live patient there, the live patient said, "Miss, have you seen my teeth? I laid them on this table but can't find them now." Of course, he had put his dentures on the wrong table. Thinking quickly, Nurse Murnane said, "I'm cleaning them for you, sir. I'll have them back soon." She says, "Of course, I did clean and sterilize the dentures and returned them to their correct owner, all the while thanking my lucky stars that all had worked out acceptably.

• Frank Sinatra tipped well - extremely well - but he demanded good service. He once invited his husband-and-wife friends Don and Barbara Rickles to a dinner party to celebrate their second anniversary. Everything was wonderful: the cold Jack Daniels, the hot hors d'oeuvers, a magnificent Chinese dinner. Well, almost wonderful. The service was slow, and this got on Frank's nerves. And when a server dropped noodles onto Frank's lap, Frank tipped the table over and left. The Rickles were left covered in Chinese food. Barbara rose to the occasion. She pointed to the glass of vodka that she was holding in her hand and asked, "Waiter, could I have some more ice?" (Frank sent Barbara a note of apology the next day.)

• Works of art can become lost, and not just in the usual way. For example, a bust of William Shakespeare is thought to have been on exhibit in the outdoors on Lookout Mountain at the Lookout Mountain National Military Park near Chattanooga, TN. Officials searched for the bust, but they were unable to find it. Apparently, it is still there - hidden under vegetation such as poison ivy. Susan Nichols of Save Outdoor Sculpture! says, "I call outdoor sculpture 'orphans of the cultural community.' Outdoor sculpture often suffers from benign neglect, as well as from the environment. We need to become more active and vigilant in caring for them."

• In the 1994 movie The Browning Version, starring Albert Finney, the Greek schoolmaster he plays appears in a scene with schoolboys who are having trouble translating the ancient Greek of Agamemnonby the tragedian Aeschylus. Classicist Mary Beard points out that it is no wonder that they are having trouble: On each schoolboy's desk appears not an edition of Aeschylus in Greek, but instead a Penguin translation of Aeschylus into English. (Penguin books have instantly recognizable covers.) Ms. Beard writes, "Presumably some bloke in the props department had been sent off to find twenty copies of the Agamemnon and knew no better than to bring it in English."

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Trump Jr. subpoena could force GOP loyalty test | Politico

Ex-Republican reveals how the conservative movement is a total scam - and GOP voters are 'Trump's willing marks' | AlterNet

How protecting Donald Trump's family became a core principle of the Republican Party's ideology | Salon

Hungary's leader is waging war on democracy. Today, he's at the White House. | Vox

Trump gleefully compares himself to an authoritarian strongman | AlterNet

Viktor Orban Is the Authoritarian Creep Trump Wishes He Could Be | Daily Beast

Trump's trade war: Where American workers are hit hardest - Axios

'Sending a signal to his cronies': Outed CIA agent reveals why she thinks Trump pardoned Cheney's chief of staff | AlterNet

Pentagon's $1.5B wall transfer to include pulls from intercontinental missile, spy plane upgrades | The Hill

Judge: Ex-coast guard lieutenant suspected in domestic terror plot to remain in custody | ThinkProgress

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Bill Nye tees off on climate change skeptics: 'The planet is on f---ing fire!' | The Hill

Trump's 'Maximum Pressure' Won't Make Iran Yield | The Atlantic

Donald Trump Thinks the Fourth of July Needs Much More Donald Trump | Mother Jones

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San Francisco Police Raid Journalist's Home After He Refuses To Name Source | NPR

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May gray continues.

Tonight, Tuesday:

CBS begins the night with a FRESH 'NCIS', followed by a FRESH 'FBI', then a FRESH 'NCIS: The 3rd One'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Stephen Colbert are Gayle King, Anthony Mason, Tony Dokoupil, Pete Holmes, and the National.
Scheduled on a FRESH James Corden, OBE, are Lily Collins, Charles Melton, and NCT 127.

NBC starts the night with a FRESH 'The Village', followed by a FRESH 'The Voice', then a FRESH 'New Amsterdam'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Jeff Daniels and Maluma.
Scheduled on a FRESH Seth Meyers are Bill Hader, Kathryn Newton, and Johnny Radelat.
Scheduled on a FRESH Carson 'The Scab' Daly are Nate Corddry, Rayland Baxter, and Griffin Newman.

ABC opens the night with a FRESH 'American Housewife', followed by a FRESH 'The Kids Are Alright', then a (F) 'black-ish', followed by a FRESH 'Bless This Mess', then a FRESH '1969'.
On a RERUN Jimmy Kimmel (from 5/7/19) are George Clooney, Dr. Mehmet Oz, and Pink Sweat$.

The CW offers a FRESH 'The Flash', followed by a FRESH 'The 100'.

Faux has a FRESH 'MasterChef Junior', followed by a FRESH 'Mental Samurai'.

MY recycles an old 'Chicago PD', followed by another old 'Chicago PD'.

A&E has 'Intervention', followed by a FRESH 'Intervention', then a FRESH 'Kids Behind Bars: Life Or Parole'.

AMC offers the movie 'I, Robot', followed by the movie 'Escape Plan', then the movie 'Escape Plan'.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 16-Blood Fever
 [8:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 18-Darkling
 [10:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 20-Favorite Son
 [11:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 21-Before and After
 [12:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 22-Real Life
 [1:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 23-Distant Origin
 [2:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 24-Displaced
 [3:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 25-Worst Case Scenario
 [4:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 26-Scorpion, Pt. 1
 [5:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 1-Scorpion, Pt. 2
 [6:00PM]    THE PUNISHER (2004) (2004)
 [8:32PM]    THE EXPENDABLES (2010)
 [11:00PM]    KILLING EVE - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 6-I Hope You Like Missionary!
 [12:00AM]    THE PUNISHER (2004)
 [2:30AM]    KILLING EVE - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 6-I Hope You Like Missionary!
 [3:30AM]    THE EXPENDABLES (2010)     (ALL TIMES EDT)

Bravo has 'Real Housewives Of BH', another 'Real Housewives Of BH', followed by a FRESH 'Real Housewives Of BH', then a FRESH 'Watch What Happens Live'.

Comedy Central 2 hours of old 'The Office', followed by an hour of old 'Tosh.0', followed by a FRESH 'Tosh.0', then a FRESH 'The Jim Jefferies Show'.
Scheduled on a FRESH The Daily Show is What in the World? Outrageous news stories from around the world.

FX has the movie 'X-Men: Apocalypse', followed by a FRESH 'Verdon/Fosse'.

History has 'The Curse Of Civil War Gold', followed by a FRESH 'The Curse Of Civil War Gold: Diving Deeper', then a FRESH 'The Curse Of Civil War Gold', followed by a FRESH 'Lost Gold Of WWII'.

IFC  -   
 [6:00A]    Godzilla
 [8:15A]    Diary of the Dead
 [10:15A]    Bringing Out the Dead
 [1:00P]    From Dusk Till Dawn
 [3:30P]    Se7en
 [6:30P]    Rocky III
 [9:00P]    Rocky IV
 [11:00P]    Rocky III
 [1:30A]    Rocky V
 [4:00A]    Night Flight-Iconic Horror and D.C. Punk
 [4:15A]    Bringing Out the Dead     (ALL TIMES EDT)

Sundance  -   
 [6:00am]    M*A*S*H
 [6:30am]    M*A*S*H
 [7:00am]    M*A*S*H
 [7:30am]    M*A*S*H
 [8:00am]    M*A*S*H
 [8:30am]    M*A*S*H
 [9:00am]    Cocktail
 [11:00am]    Draft Day
 [1:30pm]    A League of Their Own
 [4:30pm]    Good Will Hunting
 [7:30pm]    Field of Dreams
 [10:00pm]    State of the Union
 [10:13pm]    The Fugitive
 [1:11am]    Draft Day
 [3:40am]    The Andy Griffith Show
 [4:10am]    All in the Family
 [4:45am]    All in the Family
 [5:20am]    All in the Family
 [5:55am]    All in the Family     (ALL TIMES EDT)

SyFy has the movie 'The Scorpion King', followed by the movie 'Doom', then the movie 'Doom'.

On a RERUN Conan (from 3/4/19) is Daniel Sloss.

 [6:00 AM]      Chimes at Midnight (1967)
 [8:15 AM]      The Gay Falcon (1942)
 [9:30 AM]      A Date with the Falcon (1941)
 [10:45 AM]      The Falcon Takes Over (1942)
 [12:00 PM]      Murder, My Sweet (1944)
 [1:45 PM]      The Big Sleep (1946)
 [4:00 PM]      Lady in the Lake (1947)
 [6:00 PM]      Strangers on a Train (1951)
 [8:00 PM]      The Shop Around the Corner (1940)
 [10:00 PM]      The Bride Came C.O.D. (1941)
 [12:00 AM]      A Girl, a Guy, and a Gob (1941)
 [2:00 AM]      Music in My Heart (1940)
 [3:30 AM]      They Met In Bombay (1941)
 [5:15 AM]      Cross Country Romance (1940)     (ALL TIMES EDT)

Wednesday   -  05/15/19

TCM spends the night with Paul Newman
 [6:30 AM]      The Lady Takes a Sailor (1949)
 [8:30 AM]      From The Earth To The Moon (1958)
 [10:30 AM]      White Comanche (1968)
 [12:15 PM]      Journey Into Fear (1942)
 [1:30 PM]      Gaslight (1944)
 [3:30 PM]      The Man with a Cloak (1951)
 [5:00 PM]      Walk Softly, Stranger (1950)
 [6:30 PM]      The Magnificent Ambersons (1942)
 [8:00 PM]      Hud (1962)
 [10:00 PM]      Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
 [12:00 AM]      The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean (1972)
 [2:15 AM]      The Outrage (1964)
 [4:00 AM]      The Left-Handed Gun (1958)

USA has a FRESH 'Miz & Mrs', followed by a FRESH 'Growing Up Chrisley'.

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Journalist's Home Raided

San Francisco

Before police officers arrived at a journalist's San Francisco home with a sledgehammer and a search warrant to investigate a leaked report on the death of Public Defender Jeff Adachi, the city force had absorbed weeks of scolding.

Many city politicians believed someone in the department released the report's sordid details for political reasons. After all, Adachi, who died Feb. 22, was not only an aggressive defense attorney but a police watchdog famous for his public rebukes of misconduct by officers.

In recent weeks, police officials repeatedly apologized to the Board of Supervisors, the public defender's office and Adachi's wife. And they launched a criminal probe, vowing to restore trust.

But by raiding freelance videographer Bryan Carmody's home and office on Friday morning - seizing computers and other items in a bid to find out who leaked the report to Carmody, who then sold it to TV stations - the Police Department has turned a local controversy into a national firestorm.

The action is now the latest test of California's shield law, which protects journalists from being compelled to identify confidential sources, prompting rebuke from many First Amendment advocates.

San Francisco



Breaks Hip

Jimmy Carter

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter fell and broke his hip on Monday as he was preparing to leave his home in Georgia for a turkey-hunting trip, and underwent successful surgery to repair the injury, a representative said.

Carter, 94, a Democrat who was elected president in 1976, was accompanied by his wife, Rosalynn, 91, while recovering from the operation, which doctors said was successful, according to a statement from his nonprofit organization, the Carter Center.

The surgery was performed at a medical center in Americus, Georgia, about 10 miles (16 km) east of the Carters' home in Plains.

"President Carter said his main concern is that turkey season ends this week, and he has not reached his limit," the Carter Center said in its statement. "He hopes the state of Georgia will allow him to roll over the unused limit to next year."

The former peanut farmer-turned-politician received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002 for his humanitarian work. He disclosed in August 2015 that he had been diagnosed with a form of skin cancer called melanoma.

Jimmy Carter


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Recalls Interviews

Howard Stern

Howard Stern, the legendary radio personality whose voice has lit up the airwaves for decades, reflected back on his career, his role in the 2016 presidential election and how a 2016 cancer scare changed his life in an interview with "Good Morning America" co-anchor George Stephanopoulos.

In his new book, "Howard Stern Comes Again," the longtime radio personality reveals his softer side, and he details what he thinks are some of his most memorable interviews.

One of the key characters in the book is President Don-Old Trump (R-Unqualified), who Stern says "was a big character on my show."

"Donald Trump, hands down, whenever you put him on the air, now, this is before he was running for president, he was an open book," Stern said. "He would say anything. And you know, oddly enough -- during the campaign and even now, people quote these interviews that I did with him."

When asked if he felt he in some way helped make Trump president, Stern responded: "Absolutely."

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Swedish prosecutors said Monday they were reopening a 2010 rape investigation against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, hoping to bring him to justice before the statute of limitations expires in August 2020.

The 47-year-old has claimed the Swedish allegations were a pretext to transfer him to the United States, where he fears prosecution over the release by WikiLeaks of millions of classified documents.

"I have today decided to reopen the investigation... There is still probable cause to suspect that Mr Assange committed rape," the deputy director of public prosecutions, Eva-Marie Persson, told reporters.

"The previous decision (in May 2017) to close the investigation was not based on difficulties related to evidence, but on difficulties that blocked the investigation."



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Carbon dioxide levels in Earth's atmosphere hit a stunning milestone over the weekend.

Data from the Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii showed that carbon dioxide levels surpassed 415 parts per million Friday.

"We don't know a planet like this," Eric Holthaus, a meteorologist and writer at Grist, an online environmental magazine, posted on Twitter.

Carbon dioxide (CO2) concentrations have skyrocketed far higher than any levels in more than 800,000 years, according to data from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California-San Diego, and levels have not been this high for millions of years, Holthaus said.

"This is the first time in human history our planet's atmosphere has had more than 415 ppm CO2," Holthaus tweeted. "Not just in recorded history, not just since the invention of agriculture 10,000 years ago. Since before modern humans existed millions of years ago."

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On the deepest dive ever made by a human inside a submarine, a Texas investor found something he could have found in the gutter of nearly any street in the world: trash.

Victor Vescovo, a retired naval officer, made the unsettling discovery as he descended nearly 6.8 miles (35,853 feet/10,928 meters) to a point in the Pacific Ocean's Mariana Trench that is the deepest place on Earth, his expedition said in a statement on Monday. His dive went 52 feet (16 meters) lower than the previous deepest descent in the trench in 1960.

Vescovo, the Dallas-based co-founder of Insight Equity Holdings, a private equity fund, found the manmade material on the ocean floor and is trying to confirm that it is plastic, said Stephanie Fitzherbert, a spokeswoman for Vescovo's Five Deeps Expedition.

Plastic waste has reached epidemic proportions with an estimated 100 million tonnes of it now found in the world's oceans, according to the United Nations.

It was the third time humans have dived to the deepest point in the ocean, known as Challenger Deep. Canadian movie maker James Cameron was the last to visit in 2012 in his submarine, reaching a depth of 35,787 feet (10,908 meters).

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Site Found

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday that a site for a promised new settlement to be named after US President Don-Old Trump (R-Corrupt) had been chosen and formal approval was under way.

"I promised that we would establish a community named after President Trump," Netanyahu said at the start of the weekly cabinet meeting.

"I would like to inform you that we have already selected a site in the Golan Heights where this new community will be established, and we have started the process," he said in Hebrew.

Netanyahu pledged such a move last month, in appreciation of Trump's recognition of Israel's claim of sovereignty over part of the strategic plateau.

Trump broke with longstanding international consensus on March 25 when he recognised Israel's claim of sovereignty over the part of the Golan it seized from Syria in the 1967 Six-Day War.

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Unusual and abundant glassy spheres found packed within the beach sands near the Japanese city of Hiroshima are remnants of the 1945 atomic bomb explosion, according to new research.

On August 6, 1945, a U.S. B-29 bomber dropped an atomic bomb over Hiroshima. In an instant, some 80,000 people were killed. The explosion and ensuing firestorms razed an area measuring more than 4 square miles (10 square kilometers), damaging upwards of 90 percent of all the structures in the city.

But what goes up must eventually come down. New research published today in the science journal Anthropocene is "the first published record and description of fallout resulting from the destruction of an urban environment by atomic bombing," according to the authors of the new paper. The works shows that the nearby beaches on the Motoujina Peninsula in Hiroshima Bay are surprisingly littered with this fallout debris up to a depth of around 4 inches (10 centimeters).

Described as "millimeter-sized, aerodynamically-shaped debris," these particles included glass spheroids, glass filaments, and melted composite compounds. The debris is reminiscent of the spherical particles found in the ground layer associated with the meteor impact that triggered a mass extinction 66 million years ago, and also the particles found in the area where the U.S. first tested the atomic bomb, according to the paper's lead author, geologist Mario Wannier. Unlike these particles, however, the ones found near Hiroshima were packed with materials such as iron, steel, and rubber.

"In the surprise of finding these particles, the big question for me was: You have a city, and a minute later you have no city. There was the question of: 'Where is the city-where is the material?' It is a trove to have discovered these particles. It is an incredible story," Wannier said in a Berkeley Lab statement.

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Extinct Squid Relative Entombed

Burmese Amber

The latest discovery in a cache of ancient Burmese amber has revealed something completely unexpected: an extinct squidlike organism called an ammonite, which swam Earth's seas while dinosaurs dominated the land 100 million years ago. This is the first ammonite and one of the very first marine organisms ever found in amber; because the gemstone is fossilized tree resin, it traps mostly land organisms.

The specimen (above) came to light when a collector in Shanghai, China, bought it for about $750 from a dealer who claimed it was a land snail. Under the x-rays of a computerized tomography scanner, though, the shell revealed the intricate internal chambers characteristic of ammonites.

The ammonite's precise type confirms the Burmese amber is from the Cretaceous period, as previous dating studies have argued. But the 3-centimeter-long piece of ancient resin is a veritable surf and turf of land and sea creatures, also preserving at least 40 other animals-mites, spiders, millipedes, cockroaches, beetles, flies, wasps, and marine gastropods, the researchers report today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

To explain this unique amber piece, researchers have conjured up three scenarios. Perhaps resin dripped down from a forest next to a beach, catching first land critters and then seashells. Or a tsunami flooded low-lying trees, washing sea creatures into resin pools. Or, possibly, storm winds simply blew seashells into the forest. Regardless, scientists say, it's a welcome surprise.

Burmese Amber



In Memory

Doris Day

Doris Day, the sunny blond actress and singer whose frothy comedic roles opposite the likes of Rock Hudson and Cary Grant made her one of Hollywood's biggest stars in the 1950s and '60s and a symbol of wholesome American womanhood, died Monday. She was 97.

With her lilting contralto, fresh-faced beauty and glowing smile, Day was a top box-office draw and recording artist known for comedies such as "Pillow Talk" and "That Touch of Mink," as well as songs like "Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera, Sera)" from the Alfred Hitchcock film "The Man Who Knew Too Much."

Over time, she became more than a name above the title. Right down to her cheerful, alliterative stage name, she stood for the era's ideal of innocence and G-rated love, a parallel world to her contemporary Marilyn Monroe. The running joke, attributed to both Groucho Marx and actor-composer Oscar Levant, was that they had known Day "before she was a virgin."

Born to a music teacher and a housewife in Cincinnati, Day dreamed of a dance career but at age 12 broke her leg badly when a car in which she was traveling was hit by a train. Listening to the radio while recuperating, she began singing along with Ella Fitzgerald, studying the singer and the subtleties of her voice.

Day began singing at a Cincinnati radio station, then a nightclub, then in New York. A bandleader changed her name to Day after the song "Day after Day" to fit it on a marquee.

A marriage at 17 to trombonist Al Jorden ended when, she said, he beat her when she was eight months' pregnant. She gave birth to her son, Terry, in early 1942. Her second marriage also was short-lived. She returned to Les Brown's band after the first marriage broke up.

Her first singing hit was the 1945 smash "Sentimental Journey," when she was barely in her 20s. Among the other songs she made famous were "Everybody Loves a Lover," ''Secret Love," and "It's Magic," a song from her first film, "Romance on the High Seas."

Her last film was "With Six You Get Eggroll," a 1968 comedy about a widow and a widower who blend families.

In the 1960s, Day discovered that failed investments by her third husband, Martin Melcher, left her deeply in debt. She eventually won a multimillion-dollar judgment against their lawyer.

With movies trending toward more explicit sex, she turned to television to recoup her finances. "The Doris Day Show" was a moderate success in its 1968-1973 run on CBS.

In her autobiography, Day recalled her son telling her the $20 million she had earned had vanished and she owed around $450,000, mostly for taxes. Terry Melcher, who died in 2004, became a songwriter and record producer, working with such stars as the Beach Boys. He was also famous for an aspiring musician he turned down, Charles Manson. When Manson and his followers embarked on their murderous rampage in 1969, they headed for a house once owned by Melcher and instead came upon actress Sharon Tate and some visitors, all of whom were killed.

Her wholesome image was referenced in the song "I'm Sandra Dee" in the 1971 musical "Grease," which included the lyrics: "Watch it, hey, I'm Doris Day/ I was not brought up that way/ Won't come across/ Even Rock Hudson lost/ His heart to Doris Day."

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